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Technology Transfer (Innovation) Manager

FEPS Research & Innovation Office

Location:  Guildford
Salary:  £45,585 to £49,794 per annum depending on experience
Post Type:  Full Time
Closing Date:  23.59 hours BST on Sunday 02 June 2024
Interview Date:  To be confirmed
Reference:  020224

The University of Surrey is a global community of ideas and people dedicated to life-changing education and research in an inspiring, innovative and diverse environment. With a world-class research profile, an enterprising spirit and prestigious business links that reflect our innovative and forward-thinking approach, we aim to achieve our mission through the talents and endeavour of our employees, embracing our values of Inclusion, Inspiration, Innovation and Integrity.

Working in our Faculty Research and Innovation Office, this is an exciting opportunity to work closely with our academic community and industry contacts developing impact through the commercialisation of our research. 

About the role

As Technology Transfer (Innovation) Manager, you will take responsibility for;

  • The commercialisation of university intellectual property, producing income from licensing, equity stakes in spin-out companies, and associated research contracts. 
  • Identifying a pipeline of research with commercial potential and would be expected to be familiar with the impact agenda and able to create opportunities for maximising impact from your portfolio.
  • Interacting with academic and professional services colleagues across the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences and the wider university in supporting impact from research through commercialisation, industry engagement, knowledge exchange, influencing policy.  
  • Staying abreast of external and internal funding opportunities relating to innovation and impact, you’ll take a lead role in promoting and supporting these through our academic community.

About you

We are looking for someone with;

  • A degree in a physical science or engineering discipline or have substantial vocational and relevant management experience, or success in similar or related role, supported by evidence of significant appropriate knowledge. 
  • Strong business acumen with an associated network of contacts, the ability to bridge successfully between academia and business and to find markets for technologies. 
  • A sound knowledge of patenting, licence deal structures and the spin-out process ideally in the UK Higher Education arena.  
  • A collegiate approach, with demonstrable leadership skills and the ability to think on your feet in a fast-paced environment. 

This is an exciting opportunity to have real impact shaping the successful commercialisation of the University’s research and would suit individuals who possess a competitive, business led approach. We welcome applications from those who are adept at building professional relationships and networks, enjoy variety, embrace change and have a strong sense of ownership and accountability.

What’s in it for you?

We think Surrey is a fantastic place to work with a beautiful, green campus, a picturesque lake (great for summertime picnics!) and fantastic sports facilities. In addition to a competitive salary, you will receive a yearly incremental pay rise, generous leave of 25 days holiday plus 15 university closure and bank holidays, a market leading pension, access to world-class leisure facilities, a range of travel schemes, and supportive family friendly benefits including an excellent on-site nursery.

How to apply

For more information and to apply online please follow the link to apply.

Interviews W/C 10th June 2024.

For an informal chat, please contact Rachel Hargreaves (Faculty Research & Innovation Manager) at

The University of Surrey is committed to providing an inclusive environment that offers equal opportunities for all.  We place great value on diversity and are seeking to increase the diversity within our community.  Therefore, we particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups, such as people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups and people with disabilities.

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